According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost ten people are killed and over 1,000 suffer injuries every day in collisions involving a distracted driver. There are many types of driver distractions, including interacting with other passengers, eating or drinking, and adjusting vehicle or device controls.
However, texting while driving has become a serious public health issue because of the frequency with which texting and driving accidents occur. If another driver collided with you while texting while driving, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim.
Contact the Bader Scott Injury Lawyers team today at (404) 888-8888 to discuss your case. A Norcross texting while driving accident lawyer from our firm may be able to assist you with evidence collection, meeting filing deadlines, and negotiations with the at-fault party.
The Dangers of Texting While Driving
Texting while driving involves three distinct types of distraction. This includes the physical distraction of the driver’s hands when the driver takes his or her hands off the wheel to send or read a text message. It also involves visual distraction when the driver looks away from the road ahead to focus on his or her device screen. Finally, it involves mental distraction if the driver becomes mentally immersed or distracted by a text, even for a second.
At an average speed of about 55 mph, a vehicle will cover the entire length of a football field in just a few seconds. A distracted driver will not likely have the time needed to apply the brakes or maneuver away from imminent danger in response to changing road conditions. It is not uncommon for distracted drivers to run red lights or stop signs, rear-end other vehicles, stray from their lane, or make sudden overcorrections after refocusing on the road.
In Georgia, texting while driving is a misdemeanor offense, punishable by a fine of $150. Statute 40-6-241.2 of the Georgia Code prohibits drivers from composing, sending, and reading text messages while operating a motor vehicle. It also prohibits the use of electronic devices while operating a vehicle more generally, including the use of devices for reading, sending emails, or sending or receiving internet data.
The CDC reports that for every road fatality, eight people end up in the hospital, and roughly 100 more receive treatment the emergency room before their release. The aggregate costs of road accidents—including property damage, lost productivity, medical care expenses, and insurance administration—are estimated to be about $240 billion every year for accidents of all types.
For a free legal consultation with a texting while driving lawyer serving Norcross, call (404) 888-8888
Injuries and Damages
Texting and driving accidents can cause serious physical and bodily harm. Injuries commonly seen in accidents involving texting and driving include:
- Head, brain, neck, and back injuries.
- Nerve damage, including torn or stretched nerves.
- Broken or fractured bones.
- Lacerations and contusions.
- Internal bleeding.
- Scarring and disfigurement.
- Burns, amputations, and paralysis.
- Total incapacitation.
These injuries can lead to significant financial expenses, including:
- Medical care costs, including surgery, rehabilitation, and therapy.
- Doctor’s visits and travel costs.
- Vehicle damage and property losses.
- Lost income or diminished earning potential.
- Noneconomic costs such as emotional trauma or loss of consortium.
- Funeral and burial costs.
If you were involved in such an accident, you will likely have suffered similar costs. According to the CDC, the lifetime treatment costs of a single vehicle accident are roughly $60,000 per event. Serious injuries—especially those involving the head, spinal cord, or internal organ damage—can cost much more to treat.
No dollar amount can compensate for the loss of a limb or the loss of a loved one in a life-changing texting and driving accident. Please contact a Norcross texting while driving accident lawyer to learn more about which injuries and damages may be compensable in your case.
The Bader Scott Injury Lawyers team fights on behalf of each of its clients to help them receive the justice and compensation they deserve. We may be able to fight for you, too. Call (404) 888-8888 now to schedule your complimentary consultation with us.
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Evidence and Proving Fault
Based on the details of your case, you may be able to seek compensation for some or all of the damages outlined above. We may use following forms of evidence to support your personal injury claim:
- The official police report on the accident.
- Traffic camera or video footage of the accident.
- Statements from the at-fault driver or any eyewitnesses to the accident.
- Cellphone usage data to prove that the driver was texting when the accident occurred, or immediately before.
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Contact a Norcross Texting While Driving Accident Lawyer Today
Contact the Bader Scott Injury Lawyers team today at (404) 888-8888 for a free, no-obligation case evaluation. We can help you understand the driving laws and insurance policies that apply to your case, as well as the deadlines within which you must file your lawsuit. Statutes of limitations apply to civil cases involving personal damages or bodily injuries, so please call today.
Depending on the injuries you want to seek compensation for, you may need to submit the testimony of a medical professional along with your claim. You must also submit a demand letter to the at-fault party’s insurer, informing them that you are seeking damages. We can help you do so.
Our team takes cases on a contingency fee basis, and we only collect if you win your compensation. Reach out today for assistance with all of the legal steps involved in your texting and driving accident.